If you're flying to or from SeaTac airport this Xmas, a few words of warning

Here's some info from personal (i.e. last night) experience:

You should be aware that things are slightly nuts at SeaTac right now…

I left the office at 11pm last night. Got to the SeaTac off-ramp around 11:15. Spent the next 45 minutes in traffic waiting to get to the actual arrivals/departure/parking area.

People aren’t using the cell phone waiting area when there’s high congestion, which is making things much worse.

If you’re picking someone up, consider using the Hourly Parking at the airport itself to do so. Most people aren’t using it because the road is under construction, and it’s so badly labeled that people are missing it each time they go past. So if you want to use it:

Get left as early as you can once you’re through the off-ramps. It may help to find someone trying to get right and swap with them.

You will see a “Parking Next Left” sign. IT IS NOT LYING. Turn left the MOMENT you see an actual road that goes left, even if about 15 feet down there you see a “Road Closed” sign. You will be driving to the left of this sign; it’s badly placed and doesn’t apply to your actual destination. There is one fakeout before you get to that road, where it looks like there should be a road going left; if you can’t drive down it, it’s not the one I’m talking about.

(I and several others did at least 2 loops before we figured this out. The people who are doing the construction work should be shot for not properly putting up signs).

If you hit the Rental Car Returns, you’ve gone too far.

Use your credit card in the ticket machines. Don’t expect to get a ticket back; you won’t get one. Just use the same card again when you exit the airport, and it’ll print a receipt for you.

If someone’s arriving at the A-gates, the security exit that you think should let you out will probably be closed (it’s by Gate A2), and this can be very confusing for tired travelers. By Gate A6, there is a security exit which is open – just walk toward A6 from gates A1-A5 and pull an immediate U-turn and it should let you out onto the main concourse. There’s also another way out if you just walk to the B/C/D gates.

In short... if you’re flying, allow about AN HOUR possibly more of driving time to get into the damn airport. Allow AN HOUR in addition to your normal driving time to pick people up. And if you’re picking people up, use the incredibly awesomely sign-posted hourly parking.

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New side project...

I've decided to say, well, frankly, screw it and throw my hat in the ring for the Web2.0 social media kinda thing.

So I've started up a site - pyrogrya (catchy name, huh?) that will eventually blossom into a wonderful social media networking site that you can all enjoy.

Why am I doing this?

Because frankly, it doesn't seem that hard to do. And there's a project I've wanted to tackle for about 7 years now (on various devices) that since finally getting smartphones that can handle 3G no longer makes any sense whatsoever to do as a desktop or smartphone app. I can stick it on the web, and in fact, its usefulness should grow exponentially.

What is it?

Can't tell you yet. I want it to be somewhat of a surprise when it goes live. But I guarantee that a lot of you will find it handy. And heck, if I don't give too much away, it won't be so much of a pain when it doesn't go anywhere just like the rest of my side projects do.

Still, here we go. I bought a site, created a logo, and have started writing the database schema... this should be interesting :)

Developer blog can be found here.

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Get 'em while they're hot - Weighted Companion Cubes!

Woohoo! Valve has released Weighted Companion Cubes for you to buy!... and to celebrate this event, I (ahem) wrote a song...

[To the tune of Jonathon Coulton's Still Alive...]

Aperture science
We sell you our cubes because we can
To the people out there who
Liked Portal…

They’re really quite awesome
We made them from felt and bits of fluff
Buy one right now straight from us
Maybe wear one on your head…

If you buy one today we will throw in a rake
And a catalytic cracker and maybe some cake
If you only buy one
We still have half a ton
For the people who still want to buy…

They’re really quite fluffy
Buy two and hang them in your car
Right above your dashboard it’s so sexy.
Or use them as keychains.
And jangle them with your keys, ha-ha.
Show them to your friends because they’ll be so happy for you

Now these faux companions are a beautiful sight
If you need a quick gift they’re the best you will find
And we know that you’ve yearned to get one but were spurned
Quickly buy now for two-nine-ninety five.

Go ahead and buy one
You know you can’t help it, so buy five
Maybe you can build a wall with Velcro.
Could make a fort too
Just buy several hundred ha-ha, ha-ha
Anyway, these cubes are great
They’re just so friendly and warm.

Look at them they’re light grey with bits of pink too
If we had any male ones they would have bits of blue
And we could breed them by the tonne
Or we could breed them just for fun
Sell them for twenty nine ninety five…

Sell them all twenty nine ninety five

Buy them right now twenty nine ninety five

Squishy not plastic twenty nine ninety five

They will run out twenty nine ninety five

Ninety five…

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5 Minutes of Cloverfield

Cloverfield - the new movie from JJ Abrams (creator of LOST) is looking spectacular. Here's 5 minutes of footage...

And meanwhile on the LOST front... a new teaser about the Orchid station:

And there's a new season 4 teaser trailer too...

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Script Writing Posts You May Have Missed...

Over the years I've written a few posts on scriptwriting that you might find interesting and/or useful. Here's a list of the best ones - check them out!

  • Rules for Writing High Trajedy
    A list of guidelines for what makes high trajedy, as opposed to just tragedy.

  • Rules for writing Teen Movies
    All of the elements that a classic teen movie needs, with examples

  • Not Quite Teen Movies
    When is a teen movie not really a teen movie? When it breaks convention. Here's a list of a few anti teen movies that might take your fancy

  • Movie Subtext Analysis Quiz
    Ferris Bueller... who is he really? The answer might be different than what you might expect, because Ferris Bueller's Day Off isn't really a teen movie...

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#script writing, #film
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